2017 Lincoln Continental: Monthly Update for October 2017
by Rex Tokeshi-Torres, Vehicle Testing Technician
Where Did We Drive It?
A weekend road trip to Bishop, California, and many local commutes made up the majority of our October travels in our 2017 Lincoln Continental. While the trip up north helped continue the upward mpg trend for the Lincoln, the commutes around town leveled things out. We had only two fills that did better than 21 mpg. The other five fill-ups fell below our lifetime average for the Continental.
Now that we've had enough time to play around with and experience the Continental, we couldn't help but begin comparing it to newer vehicles. Senior Road Test Engineer Jay Kavanagh, fresh from his Maryland trip to drive the all-new 2018 Honda Accord, made a few keen observations about the Lincoln's interior relative to the new Accord's.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
As mentioned above, the Continental's upward mpg trend took a hit in October mainly due to horrific commuting conditions. We're not sure why, but it seems even more congested than usual around these parts. Our best fill-up came in at 23.1 mpg, while our best range for the month was 298.5 miles.
Average lifetime mpg: 17.8
EPA mpg rating: 19 combined (16 city/24 highway)
Best-fill mpg: 24.3
Best range: 419.9 miles
Current odometer: 14,000 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"I climbed into the Continental when I returned home from driving the 2018 Honda Accord. Know what? The $30K Accord's interior is better than that of this $70K car. I've found the Continental's interior design to be an incohesive mishmash of tropes, and this impression was underscored by contrast to the Accord.
"The Lincoln halfheartedly tries, and fails, to integrate modern features and traditional cues. Its glitzy metal bezels are relentlessly cheesy-looking, the glossy wood is overwrought, the instrument cluster is a listless and tepid sea of beige and white icons (same for the muddy-looking seat adjustment menu on the infotainment screen), and the stitched dashboard looks cheap.
"The overall impression is that it's uninspired and lazy, a cynical, mindless rehash of past glories. This is the opposite of the Accord's interior, which sweats the details while remaining uncluttered. Along with the Accord, Lincoln's interior designers should closely scrutinize the Lexus LC's interior. Yes, the LC's more expensive than the Continental. But good design need not be expensive (see Accord)." — Jason Kavanagh, senior road test engineer
"Reason No. 2,483 for not slathering an interior with chrome trim: When you're driving up California's Highway 395 around midday, the reflections from the sun will attempt to burn holes in your retinas. Fortunately, I found a solution, but it's not one that comes with the car (see below). This isn't something any driver should have to deal with, let alone one who paid top-of-the-line Continental money." — Josh Sadlier, senior manager of content strategy
"Ford's Sync 3 is probably one of the best things going for this Continental. It's fast, easy to use and supports Apple CarPlay. I agree with Will that it could use a physical home button, but if these buttons are becoming a thing of the past on iPhones, then I suppose we should expect no less on a car. " — Ron Montoya, senior consumer advice editor
"The road-trip credentials are strong with this Lincoln. I drove it up Highway 395 to Bishop in search of some fall foliage, and three things stood out: the powerful twin-turbo V6, the excellent 19-speaker Revel Ultima stereo, and the massaging seat, which I had running pretty much the whole trip. The Continental certainly has its flaws, but with these three features on board, it can be my road-trip wingman anytime." — Josh Sadlier
"We recently had a 2018 Genesis G80 Sport come in as a short-term test vehicle. I know the Continental is usually matched up against our G90, but I was curious about the trunk's cargo capacity so I used the Continental as gear sherpa for our test gear one week and then used the G80 Sport the following week. Color me shocked: The G80 Sport was able to fit more of our test gear in the trunk than the Continental! The yellow suitcase you see in the picture below is our weather station. That couldn?t fit in the Continental, but it sure fit in the G80. It was snug, but it fit." — Rex Tokeshi-Torres, vehicle testing technician
"The Continental doesn't seem to be a top pick among the Edmunds editors. Many have commented that it doesn't do enough to justify the $70,000 we paid for it. If we bought a midtrim Select 2WD model and just added the 20-inch wheels, we'd save nearly $20,000. Would our opinions change? It probably would for me. I haven't tested any of the other engines, but I'm sure I could make do with the 305 horsepower in the base engine." — Ron Montoya